Sunday August 18, From 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Free and open to the public.
Texas Folklife Gallery, 1317 S. Congress, Austin (behind Ten Thousand Villages)
Regular Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon - Fri
The paño art collection of artist and collector Ed Jordan will on display at the Texas Folklife gallery. Jordan began collecting paños after teaching art at Blinn College's auxiliary campus at the federal prison in Bastrop, Texas. Jordan is a collector of Mexican folk art and a long-time member of Austin Friends of Folk Art.
Paños or pañuelos - Spanish for “cloths” or “handkerchiefs” - are a popular form of Chicano prison art with handkerchiefs and occasionally pillow cases or bedsheets used as the canvas for imaginative drawings of the artist’s lifestyles before prison. Aztec figures, Disney characters, women, and the ever-popular Virgen de Guadalupe are popular subjects of drawings with ballpoint pens often highlighted with colored pencils or whatever supplies may be at hand. They are highly detailed and complex illustrations that tell the inmate’s story or his visions in art rather than words.
Exhibit reception and holiday party will be held on December 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM, at the Texas Folklife Gallery located at 1317 S. Congress Street in Austin (back entrance on Circle Street, between the Continental Club and Botticelli's Restaurant.) Live music provided by members of The Fabulous Polkasonics.
La Santa Muerte ˆ Mexican Folk Saint Personifying Death
A relatively new and controversial folk saint has emerged in the Americas ˆ La Santa Muerte (Saint Death or Most Holy Death,) a syncretic version of the European grim reaper influenced by Meso-American views on death and folk religion. Most media accounts of Santa Muerte focus on the faith practices of traffickers and murderers, but in reality her devotees include millions of people not involved in the drug trade. They see her as an efficient miracle worker and healer in their lives.